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Indonesian Textiles as Art: The Eyes Have It

by Susi, 17 August 2009


An exhibition “Indonesian Textiles as Art” opened on 19 July at the Museum Pasifika in Nusa Dua, Bali. We were there. We saw. And we agreed wholeheartedly with the stance of Georges Breguet who mounted the exhibition, that the best textile arts of the archipelago are indeed art, and should be viewed as such.

A dozen or so well-mounted pieces were exhibited in the well-lit and spacious gallery space, in the same manner one would exhibit paintings. And it worked. The eyes have it. Just look. It’s art. Exhibition continues through October.

The highest highlights were two outstanding Torajan ikats, one of them spanning the entire length of the gallery’s north wall. Also a graphically dazzling hinggi woven by a member of the family of the Raja of Pahu (Sumba Island).

We enjoyed chatting with fellow textilians during the opening, including Bruce Carpenter, Robert van der Stukken, Heribert Aman of Köln, Meriem Kheira Peillet and Maurizio Rosenberg Colorni of Biji Arts, and of course, Georges himself (above left).

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